How two brain scientists changed accepted scientific wisdom via their training exercises
A recent article in Wired Magazine explains how the work of neuroscientists Dr Michael Merzenich & Dr Paula Tallal formed the basis of programs that have been proven to dramatically improve the brain function of children and adults.
Drs Merzenich and Tallal collaborated to develop the Fast ForWord brain training programs for children, and Dr Merzenich founded the Posit Science company that produces brain fitness exercises for adults.
Dyslexia and other reading difficulties, working memory problems, attention issues and overall brain functioning are improved by the Fast ForWord learning software based programs.
Fast ForWord is now used widely around the world in schools, learning centres and by children at home. Exercise responses from the more than 2 million students have been used by Scientific Learning Corporation, the company established by Merzenich and Tallal, to continuously improve the efficacy of the exercises.
After launching Fast ForWord, Dr Merzenich went on to build software to improve brain function in adults. He did this via another company, Posit Science which, like Scientific Learning Corporation, is based in San Francisco.